Beau Bunger, 9, takes his first bite of a Fletcher's Corny Dog on the opening day of the State Fair of Texas in 2003. New this year: a vegetarian corny dog.

Beau Bunger, 9, takes his first bite of a Fletcher's Corny Dog on the opening day of the State Fair of Texas in 2003. New this year: a vegetarian corny dog.

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Fletcher's has served its popular, and meaty, corny dogs in Fair Park for 73 years. This year marks the first when they'll offer a meatless corny dog.

Fletcher's is arguably the most famous corny dog purveyor in Dallas. They've even got their own mascot.

Fletcher's is arguably the most famous corny dog purveyor in Dallas. They've even got their own mascot.

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CultureMap reports that the Fletcher family won't be making the corny dog vegan; the batter has milk and eggs in it. 

[UPDATE at 10:35 a.m. Aug. 29: After much debate, the Fletcher's folks have decided on the recipe. The meatless corny dog will be made with a vegetarian hot dog dipped into cornmeal batter and fried, according to Glenda Fletcher.]

Fletcher's owner Skip Fletcher tells our partners at NBC5 that it was time for a new variety of corn dog. "I really believe that there are so many people out there that don't eat meat, and they'll try this," he tells NBC5. "We've got a whole set of new customers out there that we're going to be bringing into the fold."

Fletcher's are sold at several locations inside Fair Park, but the veggie corny dogs will be available only at the stand near Big Tex. It will cost 10 coupons, or $5. 

The Fletcher's family sells a whopping 600,000 corny dogs during each State Fair of Texas. The State Fair runs from Sept. 25 to Oct. 18.

This isn't the only odd food news to come out of this year's State Fair of Texas. Check out the wacky new fried foods.

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